Walking: Is it Better Than Running?

*By: Megan Deppen*

Photo: Matt Flores

In my teens and 20s, I would run almost everyday. Not only was it a great full body workout, I loved how it made me feel. (Yes, ‘runner’s high’ is a real thing!) However, my younger self didn’t realize how much of a toll running can take on the body.

Now that I’m in my 30s, I still run, but have cut back significantly. Learning how to incorporate other types of lower-impact exercises into my workout routine is something I’ve sought out for the sake of preserving my muscles and to avoid later injury. One of those workouts is walking.

I always shrugged off walking because I never felt like I got a good enough workout. It turns out you really can get a great workout from walking, and it actually can have some of the same benefits as running, but without the extreme physical demands put on the body.

Lower Impact – Walking isn’t as tough on your overall body as running is, which means this is a workout you’ll be able to maintain over time.

Less Injuries – Due to the fact you’re not wearing and tearing on your body like you’re while running, walking produces a lower risk of injuries.

Sustainable – Many high-impact workouts like running are hard to sustain over a long period of time and can lead to burn out. However, walking is sustainable over time, which means you’ll be able to make it a consistent part of your exercise routine, even into your later years.

Social Benefits – Walking is also known to be stress relieving and provide social benefits for individuals. It’s a type of workout that you can get together with friends, co-workers, family, etc. and walk and talk without it being such a strenuous workout.

Overall A Good Workout – Walking 30-minutes a day at a moderate pace proves to be a great exercise. If you want to amp it and burn extra calories, consider walking up hills, bringing hand weights, power walking, or increasing your distance.

Do you incorporate walking into your workout routine? Leave us a comment below.

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